During his career, French artist Eugene Delacroix painted a number of monumental historical paintings, and in so doing, became a master horse painter as can be seen in Horse Frightened by Lightning.
Horses are an incredibly common theme through his work, but his 1829 Horse Frightened by Lightning is unique in its isolated treatment of a single subject without a rider. Here, rather than to document or give homage to a historical event, Delacroix’s focus is on studying the animal’s anatomy and making its fear palpable to the audience.
Eugene Delacroix’s Horse Frightened by Lightning, a watercolor, was originally given as a gift to the artist’s friend Louis-Auguste Schwiter, also a painter.
Eugene Delacroix’s Horse Frightened by Lightning can be seen at the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts in Hungary.